Safe Haven in the Haight

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is a Safe Haven in the Haight

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (SFCAPC) reopened the doors to its historic firehouse in the Haight district on October 10, 2013. Each year, some 15,000 children, parents and providers enter those doors for protection, one-on-one services, education, empowerment, to make connections and to establish vital partnerships.

The building boasts a terrific San Francisco history as a safe haven in the Haight. From 1895 through the 1950s it housed firefighters who protected the Haight and Sunset Districts. In 1987, the Child Abuse Prevention Center purchased the building to house its founding programs, maintaining its tradition of protecting kids and families 24/7. The long-awaited facility improvements include expanded reception and waiting room areas, client counseling rooms with sound-proof walls for greater privacy, a remodeled children’s therapeutic playroom, expanded staff work spaces and seismic remediation.

Executive director Katie Albright expressed her thanks to donors and volunteers, primarily Pankow Builders and the International Interior Design Association of Northern California at the opening, “The private/nonprofit partnership represents the very best of San Francisco — the community, coming together to help kids. We are so grateful to have our beloved firehouse renovated. Not only do our walls breathe new life, but we will be better able to serve our clients and ensure that kids are safe.”

Scenes from the SFCAPC opening of its newly renovated offices in the Haight:

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is located at 1757 Waller Street in San Francisco.

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